Federal judge blocks parts of Indiana’s new abortion law

A federal judge has blocked portions of a new Indiana law that make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Wednesday approved a temporary injunction blocking three sections of the law that were to take effect July 1. She expressed skepticism about some of those sections during June 13 arguments on the request.

One of the provisions would require a judge to allow parents to be informed that their daughter is seeking an abortion, in most circumstances.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the state May 18 seeking to block the three provisions and arguing that they create “an unconstitutional undue burden on unemancipated minors.”